DIABETES: Diet can make a big difference

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There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to making food choices, but it is important that people with diabetes, and those at risk of Type 2, are supported to choose the right foods.

That’s why we have issued Diabetes UK nutrition guidelines for healthcare professionals, which show how people with Type 2 diabetes might achieve remission.

Eating certain foods, such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, fish, nuts and pulses, can also help manage blood glucose levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Eating less red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and rice, and drinking fewer sugar sweetened drinks is also recommended.

Being active and achieving at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of exercise can help people with diabetes lead healthy lives, and prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes for those at risk.

The nutrition guidelines are available at www.diabetes.org.uk/nutrition-guidelines

Stephen Ryan,

Head of the North at Diabetes UK